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Eric Clapton

Born 30 March 1945.
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Eric Clapton is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame

Terry Gray nominates Eric Clapton for Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame

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Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE, (born 30 March 1945) is an English musician, singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". He was also named number five in Time magazine's list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009

In the mid-1960s, Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton joined Cream, a power trio with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and "arty, blues-based psychedelic pop". For most of the 1970s, Clapton's output bore the influence of the mellow style of JJ Cale and the reggae of Bob Marley. His version of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" helped reggae reach a mass market. Two of his most popular recordings were "Layla", recorded while he was a member of band Derek and the Dominos; and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads", recorded by band Cream. Following the death of his son Conor in 1991, Clapton's grief was expressed in the song "Tears in Heaven", which featured in his Unplugged album.

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  1. Review of Me And Mr Johnson

    Me And Mr Johnson 2004

    Reviewed by Rob Webb
    So, 35 years on, Clapton is no longer God: he now plays the Devil
  2. Review of Martin Scorsese Presents...

    Martin Scorsese Presents... 2003

    Reviewed by Mick Fitzsimmons
    ...this hits the spot nicely and underlines just why Clapton is so revered amongst...
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